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Valuing welfare impacts of climate change in coastal areas: a French case study

February 5, 2014

Beach protection has become a major issue in reducing coastal risks (erosion and flooding). It is thus advisable to study residents’ preferences for mitigation strategies. Willingness-to-pay (WTP) by permanent and secondary residents for flood protection provided to properties by Languedoc-Roussillon beaches (French Mediterranean coast) is investigated by a contingent valuation study. Results show that WTP is more influenced by risk perception variables than by socio-economic ones. The WTP is then extrapolated on the basis of different adaptation strategies (laissez-faire, managed retreat, denial etc.) which provided information about expected damage associated with sea level rise at the 2100 time horizon.

Rulleau B, Rey-Valette  H, Hérivaux C, 2014:  (2014): Valuing welfare impacts of climate change in coastal areas: a French case study, Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, DOI:10.1080/09640568.2013.862492. Article  (subscription required).

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